Australian and US B-25J airframes are the subjects of three splendid new decal sheets from the Czech company.
Hong Kong Models’ 1/48 new-tool B-25J was obviously the inspiration for ASK Distribution’s recent decals, but you could just as easily employ them on builds of the vintage Monogram/Revell kit. And the chosen schemes are refreshing, as on the first two sheets they represent Australian Mitchells in a mix of green over black camouflage, green over grey and bare metal.
Sharkmouth artwork and nose art adorn several of the airframes. The first set is North American B-25J Mitchell part 1 – Royal Australian Air Force (D48035):
• B-25J-1, A47-27/KO-A (USAAF 43-27691, ex-Netherlands N5-219), 2 Squadron, RAAF, Hughes airfield, Northern Territory, Australia, 1944
• B-25J-1, A47-26/KO-K (USAAF 43-27689, ex-Netherlands N5-220), 2 Squadron RAAF, Hughes airfield, Northern Territory, Australia, 1944
Then we have North American B-25J Mitchell part 2 – Royal Australian Air Force (D48036):
• B-25J-27, A47-44 (USAF 43-30896), 2 Squadron RAAF, Australia, 1944
• B-25J-5, A47-29/KO-D (USAAF 43-27928, ex-Netherlands N5-225), 2 Squadron RAAF, Northern Territory, Australia, 1944
The third sheet is North American B-25J Mitchell part 3 – USAAF 340th BG, 347th BS (D48038):
• B-25J-1, 43-27541/7B “BITCH-N-MITCH”, Alesan airfield, Corsica, Italy, April 1944
• B-25J-1, 43-27570/7H WHITE LITENIN, Alesan airfield, Corsica, Italy, April 1944
The USAAF machines wear Olive Drab over bare metal, but ASK suggests the same green shade for the ‘Aussie’ Mitchells… but this may arguably be Foliage Green, which was employed extensively by the RAAF. Regardless, the decal quality is generally good, with thin, gloss carrier film used throughout. Each set comes with a separate sheet of stencils, but this is also available individually as item D48039.
The first three sets of markings cost €18.30 each, while the separate stencils are €12, direct from ASK Distribution. However, they are also available in the UK via Hannants.